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Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Near as I can tell there's some nonsense deficit at play in many (even serious) conversations about enrollment. I'm hoping to get around to posting about that before this issue is off shelves. Multitasking! But the idea of "getting enrollment up" is maybe the wrong perspective and a self-creating problem when so many dire enrollment crisis moments can be directly related to something as basic as rising and falling birthrates. For communities its important to foster opportunities for education, vocational training, etc, but for colleges -- particularly small, specialty colleges -- the goal of stabilizing and growing enrollment has to be married to realistic scale and adaptability.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 11/17/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Here's another interesting commentary on the state of higher education. [1]

The truth is that all institutions of higher education are going to be hurting bad around 2027 due to lower enrollment. We won't see the last of the closings, and even well managed schools will close.

It's up to us to get that enrollment higher in Memphis. We need to graduate more students who are college ready. And we need to do more to convince our kids to stay home, or at least give them a reason to.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

Someone buy it!!! this is so sad!! Memphis losing its charm :(

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Posted by Kate Jesse on 11/17/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Change of Direction Needed in Shelby County Juvenile Justice System

Absolutely well written and deserves serious decisive actions on our part. This article delves right into the heart of the juvenile delinquency issue. This is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive approach that starts with understanding that multiple factors create this problem. Good mental health is good for public health!

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Posted by Craig Elliott on 11/17/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “'Massive' New Boat Brings Friction on the Riverfront


Posted by Val Nesmith on 11/16/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Change of Direction Needed in Shelby County Juvenile Justice System

A well-written and incisive opinion which should be a mandate for our long-troubled Juvenile Court. Young people with early trauma and the corresponding mental and social issues grow up to be troubled and often dangerous adults. These children and society deserve better. A change starts with Juvenile Court judges who understand this, and who do not have their own ax to grind, their own pet theories, and their own elections to win, and a corresponding arrogance and bullying personality and preconceptions about both juveniles and their parents. The sheer rudeness and disrespect displayed in Juvenile Court wouldn't stand the light of day, but these hearings are closed to protect the minors. It would be far better for the minors if the public could see what goes on on Adams Avenue.

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Posted by MemphisTigers on 11/16/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I had the privilege of attending the Memphis College of Art as an Illustration major from 1995-1999. I enjoyed my time there and it's sad to see that MCA will be shutting its doors in the not-too-distant future. However, I'm not surprised at the announcement. Along with the stated reasons behind MCAs' impending closing, one also has to factor in the consideration that Art has become both more specialized and devalued in society, and even having a degree in art doesn't guarantee that a person will have a career as any sort of artist. This is true whether one is a "Fine" or "Graphic" Artist. There are those young people and their parents who realize that art schools are a very expensive proposition and that the end results may not justify the crushing debt that many will be saddled with afterwards. Speaking of the "commercial/graphic arts", the fields have changed so drastically within the past couple of decades that if a person is brave, passionate, or foolhardy enough to pursue a career as an artist, then he or she had best pursue the media arts and have a game plan. It's no longer enough to be able to draw, paint, or sculpt well or be a graphic designer; one must also embrace 3D computer graphics for videogames, animation, and moviemaking, in addition to the other attendant skills for working in Hollywood special FX , movie, television, and videogame industries. Also, Memphis College of Art is not the only art school closing in the United States. The Antonelli Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be closing its doors after the 2017-2018 academic year. It was founded in 1938 and offered a two-year Associates Degree in Photography and Graphic Design. The Brooks Institute, a "for profit" visual arts school in Ventura, California recently closed for good in October 2017 after the ouster of the school's president and the resignations of its trustees. Brooks Institute specialized in Visual Journalism, Film, Graphic Design, and Professional Photography. Last, The Art Institutes ("Ai") closed 19 of its campuses between 2015-2016. Ai was embroiled in the "for profit" school scandal, accused of deceptive practices and described by some students who'd received degrees from them as being "worthless." The so-called "Art Institutes" were owned by Education Management Corporation (EDMC), which was one of the largest "for profit" chains in the country and is now looking to sell off Ai. It's worth noting that only the Nashville and Atlanta campuses are still open & that The Art Institutes operated 50 campuses at its height. In this ever-volatile economic and political climate, it makes one wonder what other art schools will be on the chopping block.

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Posted by Tony Parker on 11/16/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Hello Boris! FCC Clears the Way for Right Wing Sinclair's Channel 3 Takeover

When that starts I will definitely stop watching "the most watched morning news in Memphis".

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Posted by Smitty1961 on 11/16/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

Angel, I think you might add, "!!!!!!!!!".

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Susan, that would be nice, but in America today, incompetence will shoot you right to the top.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Wish you'd have called out the boneheads who drove this wonderful place into the names so they can be avoided!

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Posted by Susan Swain on 11/16/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?


You can find enrollment data from the federal government's College Scorecard. [1]

I wouldn't be surprised if the other information is there as well. Outside Donations. You will have to look at the tax information to find that stuff and make assumptions. It's probably here. [2]

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I'm all for supporting local universities, but if we must support a private college it should be our HBCU. [1]

The data shows that we have changing demographics in this country. We will have less future college students and they will be more diverse. [2] We have a great asset in LO, which needs to be invested in.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

Why is Graceland publicly funded?

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Posted by Angel Jackson on 11/16/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

This analysis would be well served with a chart/graph showing enrollment, tuition and outside contributions each year 2005 -current contrasted with annal budget for the same years.

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Posted by David A Simmons on 11/16/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?


Great work. I haven't seen such a well done local piece of journalism in a good bit. Appreciate it.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Sticky Fingers

It would seem to be a world-class irony, given the book's disclosures about R.S. reported here, that the magazine came a cropper via its insufficiently sourced exposure of alleged sexual predation against women at the University of Virginia.

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Posted by Jackson Baker on 11/16/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Chancellor Kyle Splits the Baby in the Opioid-Suit Dispute

Gosh, we've mentioned all these politicians, yet we haven't mentioned the name of a single doctor with blood on his hands.

Name them.

Name the doctors who caused this crisis, charge them with the murders they have committed, and send them to general population in prison.

No more delays.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 11/15/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Carolina Watershed to open in South Main district

Yes. Common practice. Usually sold to China.

Posted by Moore Ami on 11/14/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Where the Truth Goes to Die

I would like to mention 600 WREC. The station's entire lineup from morning till night are a bunch of lying scumbags who mislead there poor listeners. As a step to help our democracy this station should be shutdown. Or, there needs to be an outcry against their operation.

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Posted by Starsky Hutch on 11/13/2017 at 4:12 PM

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